Online style guide

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obbligato Link to this term
occasion Link to this term
occur, occurred, occurring, occurrence Link to this term
octagon Link to this term
octogenarian Link to this term
odyssey Link to this term
off of Link to this term

'...fresh off of a victory in what's called the Iowa Straw Poll...' I don't think so. What's wrong with 'fresh from a victory'?

offshore Link to this term

one word

Olympic games, the Olympics Link to this term

the Games

ombudsman, ombudsmen Link to this term
omelette Link to this term
on to Link to this term

two words ... 'how much the banks pass on to their customers' ... 'They drove on to Europe' ... 'It took a while for them to catch on to the new system'.

one-time Link to this term

one-time adviser to the Liberals

online house style Link to this term

Please refer to the ten main house style points if you are publishing copy to the RN website or providing copy for someone else to publish.

online, offline Link to this term

working online, etc

only Link to this term

'The party won only one Senate seat' is stronger than 'the party only won one Senate seat' because 'only one' is the point you're making, not 'only won'.

onscreen, offscreen Link to this term

she's likeable onscreen; offscreen less so

op art Link to this term
opera, operetta, musical and music theatre titles Link to this term

should appear in italics

ophthalmologist Link to this term
orang-utan Link to this term
ordnance Link to this term

military weaponry (ordinance is a decree or regulation)

orient, disorient Link to this term

same as (and preferred to) 'orientate', 'disorientate'

outlook Link to this term

The outlook is good. Not the outlook looks good, which is tautological.

ownership Link to this term

'What would be going on in Rudd and Abbott's offices this morning?' This has Rudd and Abbott sharing a suite of offices, and we know that's not right. So we need an apostrophe after Rudd as well: 'What would be going on in Rudd's and Abbott's offices this morning? Now each has his own offices.

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